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Comics A.M. | Indianapolis Star pulls cartoon after backlash

Editorial cartoons | The Indianapolis Star first altered a cartoon by Gary Varvel and then removed it from its website after receiving an outpouring of protests from readers. The cartoon, a reaction to President Obama's executive actions delaying deportations, showed a white family sitting around a Thanksgiving table, looking in horror as brown-skinned people, presumably immigrants, climbed in the window. The caption was "Thanks to the president's immigration order, we'll be having extra guests this Thanksgiving." "Gary did not intend to be racially insensitive in his attempt to express his strong views about President Barack Obama's decision to temporarily prevent the deportation of millions of immigrants living and working illegally in the United States," Executive Editor Jeff Taylor said in a post explaining the removal of the cartoon. "But we erred in publishing it." Tom Spurgeon offers some commentary. [Indianapolis Star]

Editorial cartoons | Tugba Kaplan looks at the history of suppression of political cartoons in Turkey, focusing on the AK Party, which has been in power for the past 12 years; the most recent case was President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's unsuccessful criminal complaint against cartoonist Musa Kart. The problem is not just official suppression; cartoonist İbrahim Özdabak said that he found the anonymous attacks via social media to be the most upsetting. “Some of these criticisms [in the social media] go beyond the limits of criticism. Some people who are at the age of my children or grandchildren, hiding behind fiber cables, organize [cyber-]lynching campaigns and hurl threats at me. They try to harass me by phone. … You are put under constant pressure and become the target of certain groups. You see the footprints of an oppressive era that lacks tolerance. The only thing we have in our hands is a pencil. Who will benefit from the breaking of this pencil?" [Today's Zaman]

Kickstarter | Johanna Draper Carlson analyzes the failure of Digital Manga Publishing's ambitious Kickstarter, which would have raised $389,000 (or more than $500,000 with stretch goals) to publish 31 volumes of manga by Osamu Tezuka. [Comics Worth Reading]

Creators | Kelly Sue DeConnick admits she was "terrified" about taking Captain Marvel into outer space, but it worked out just fine: "I felt like I had spent so much time and energy building up her life in New York. Now that I’ve been doing it for a while, I’m sort of understanding: You can just find your corner and keep adding pieces. Now I’m having a blast. Now I’m sort of dreading that we have to come back to Earth." [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Writers Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby talk about their new graphic novel, Robbie Burns—Witch Hunter, which is loosely based on Burns's poem "Tam O'Shanter." "It definitely isn't an academic study, but it's still trying to be true to Burns," Beeby says. "He was someone obsessed with the supernatural, and who wrote bawdy poems as well as literary ones." [BBC News]

Comics | Tom Spurgeon interviews Andrew Farago, curator of San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum and the author of the new book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | For 25 years, cartoonist Rich Williams has risen to the challenge of creating something funny about the plastics industry every week. [Plastics News]

Comics | D.K. Latta looks at the surge of interest in Canadian superhero comics [The Huffington Post Canada]

Retailing | Bob Temuka muses on the wall of comics that faces so many customers in comic shops and what it might look like to a customer who comes in without specific comics in mind. [Tearoom of Despair]

Conventions | Holly Hines visits an old-style convention in Iowa City — six dealers in a hotel — and finds there are plenty of people who are still enthusiastic about that sort of show. [Press-Citizen]

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